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- February 18, 2001
- Animated Cartoons Becoming
Theme Park Rides
- Disney's Recess Opens Strong
- 3DO Announces Portal Runner
for Playstation 2
Cartoons Becoming Theme Park Rides
The world's first junior inverted coaster, an exotic river adventure
and a place to meet and greet everyone's favorite blue puppy,
are the main attractions in an imaginative new themed area opening
this spring at Paramount's Kings Island theme and water park near
week , Paramount's Kings Island officials announced the details
of a variety of new rides and attractions that immerse guests
in the imaginative world of beloved Nickelodeon properties including
the Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and Blue's Clues.
with Nickelodeon, we've taken some of the most wildly popular
animated adventures and brought them to life in a variety of one-of-a-kind
attractions," said Tim V. Fisher, the park's executive vice
president and general manager. "Kids, and parents too, can
now be a part of the action that they were previously only able
to enjoy on a television or movie screen."
Based on the
Rugrats episode, Runaway Reptar, the world's first inverted junior
coaster takes riders on a high-flying adventure in ski-lift style
seats that are suspended below the coaster track. The giant green
dinosaur personality known as Reptar, looms 32 feet above the
ground and beckons riders to climb aboard the green and yellow
scream machine, with cars that feature his buggy dinosaur eyes.
With their legs dangling below them, riders are whisked up, up
and away to a height of more than 50 feet. Soaring over treetops
like birds...swooping side to side...then hurtling into a scream-evoking
nosedive...it's non stop Rugrats-style action as riders race around
the track and attempt to steer clear of the larger-than-life Reptar.
Rugrats Runaway Reptar continues Paramount's Kings Island's long
standing tradition of introducing innovative, record-breaking
roller coasters at the park.
The park will
also introduce a new, splash-filled water adventure based on The
Wild Thornberrys. The Nickelodeon show follows the adventures
of 12-year-old Eliza Thornberry, a courageous girl with a big
secret -- she can talk with animals. Kids riding the new Wild
Thornberrys River Adventure are in for an amazing journey. Seated
in dugouts, brave explorers cast off for an excursion through
the wilderness. Floating through the forest, adventurers encounter
a dark cave filled with mysterious explosives, a wacky homemade
coconut irrigation system and a creepy snake bridge. The adventure
continues as they navigate their way over a thrilling 40-foot
waterfall and meet the explorer extrordinare herself, Eliza Thornberry
who is perched high on top of a water spraying elephant.
Reptar, The Wild Thornberrys River Adventure and the Nickelodeon
character meet-and-greet facility are new attractions inside the
new Nickelodeon Central area at Paramount's Kings Island. The
new area encompasses and expands the section of the park dedicated
to the world of Nickelodeon.
Central opens this spring.
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Recess Opens Strong
Disney's Recess opened strong on Friday, bringing in $4.5
million, which is double what The Emperor's New Groove brought
in on its opening Friday. The surprise strong opening could end
up fetching the G-rated animated film a hefty $15 million - $18
million in its opening weekend.
Based on the
TV series, Disney's animated Recess: School's Out has students
trying to save summer vacation as the former principal hatches
a scheme to make school go year round.
School's Out was originally slated to be released during the
heavy summer 2000 time period. Disney's decision to postpone it
several months appears to have paid off.
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Announces Portal Runner for Playstation 2
The 3DO Company has announced the planned release of the Portal
Runner game for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system
this spring. Portal Runner features the sassy and smart heroine
Vikki G. Taking full advantage of the PlayStation 2 technology,
an all-new game engine was built to create spectacular worlds
and depict stunningly realistic characters. Portal Runner is also
scheduled to be released on the Game Boy Color videogame system.
In the Portal Runner game, players are taken through an engaging
story line that will keep them glued to their seats. The story
begins with Brigitte Bleu about to unleash her diabolical scheme
to trap Vikki and sink her claws into Sarge. This plot launches
Vikki on a fantastic journey through a variety of exciting new
toy worlds. She will eventually encounter a new friend and ally,
Leo the Lion, who stays by her side to fight off the evil forces
of these new worlds. The cooperative relationship that forms between
the two characters will add a new level of excitement and close
combat gameplay. Players will enjoy the option of controlling
Leo or working with him as a team when playing Vikki. With advanced
Artificial Intelligence, Leo will also be able to protect Vikki
in combat and challenge gamers to restrain his savage instincts.
Runner game will feature a surrealistic look with exotic visuals;
gamers will be truly immersed in the astonishing graphics. Giving
great depth and variety to Portal Runner is the addictive bow
and arrow gameplay. The realistic and spectacular precision technique
of the bow and arrow will help Vikki vanquish foes and remove
obstacles in her travels. To add more excitement, Portal Runner
offers a huge variety of environments including Our World, Prehistoric
World, Medieval World and Space World, all highly detailed and
deeply interactive. Amid this blend of classic shooting and platform
action, players can experiment with different gameplay approaches
to keep things interesting.
Runner is an innovative title that incorporates many unique attributes
that have not been previously implemented by other games,"
said Trip Hawkins, chairman and CEO of The 3DO Company. "We
are definitely taking full advantage of the PS2 technology in
order to create a seamless adventure. Players will be drawn into
game environments unlike anything they have experienced before
in a console title."
levels are dynamic in a traditional style that everyone can appreciate.
Fun and simple platform puzzles will be implemented to provide
a new degree of challenge as gamers explore environments and line
up their target shots. The missions in Portal Runner will each
have their own style, unique challenges and surprises such as
hidden platforms that take players to new secret levels. Players
can also enjoy two player target-shooting games, each with their
own adjustable game parameters. With four modes of gameplay and
19 different levels, Portal Runner will definitely keep the action
fresh and electrifying!
marketing and public relations campaign will back the launch of
this blockbuster title. Vikki G. and Leo will be featured on the
April 2001 cover of GamePro Magazine, the leading console gaming
publication in the U.S., and has already appeared on several other
gaming publication covers. A special Portal Runner comic book
will be inserted in the May issue of GamePro, and distributed
to their entire 500,000+ readers.
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